Florida Chamber member and past chair of the board and Florida Chamber Foundation member, Marshall Criser, III on being unanimously named Chancellor of Florida’s State University System.
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The Florida Chamber recognizes that Florida must continue to create and implement higher standards our students can follow so they may lead Florida into a globally competitive economy. A recent report entitled National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) shows the score of the nation’s fourth and eighth graders in math and reading.
The first contact that children under the age of eight receive with Florida’s educational system is perhaps the most important. Creating a high quality preschool environment is a key investment that will serve as the foundation for a solid K-12 framework.
Earlier this month, representatives from the Flagler Chamber visited the Florida Chamber in Tallahassee to share best practices of strong chambers of commerce. “Since we are building our advocacy program, spending a day with the chamber staff was incredibly beneficial, “said Gretchen Smith. “We hope to have the same impact back home that the Florida Chamber has for the state as a whole.”
During the duration of the trip, Governor Scott met with more than a dozen leading Japanese companies and spoke to more than 350 business leaders at seminars and forums promoting Florida as a super-state for business.
As a foremost job creating state where the private sector is leading the way at putting Florida’s families to work, it’s only natural that Florida is a target for partisan attacks from D.C.-based groups. Florida Chamber President Mark Wilson, recently shared his thoughts in an interview with radio talk show host Preston Scott.
In order to ensure policy makers and business leaders are aware of the impact the TL2 has on Florida’s future, the Florida Chamber Foundation is planning more than ten regional rollouts across the state. On November 4, the Florida Chamber Foundation sponsored the first TL2 rollout at the Port of Tampa during the Building Florida’s Future event.
Freight mobility and intermodal logistics took center stage at the state Capitol as lawmakers focused on the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Trade and Logistics 2.0 (TL 2.0) recommendations, which identify a potential 150,000 new trade and logistics jobs throughout the next five years.
“There is never one reason why businesses don’t settle in Florida, but often a number of reasons,” said David Hart, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber. “Taxes absolutely have an impact on placement and expansion of businesses.”
According to John Medina, Chair of the Florida Chamber Small Business Council, Florida should not be in the business of setting minimum employment regulations for Florida’s businesses.